June 30, 2004

What is the Deal With Bathmats?

POST #    1114

I've determined there are two types of people - those that like using bathmats and those that don't. I myself is one that does not. I'm an in shower dryer and always have been. I find the feeling of the wet bathmat very strange. The carpet/rug thing absorbing water as you exit soaking wet after cleaning yourself. Aren't those things a haven for germs? Sure you're clean as you emerge from the shower, but still. The only benefit I can see from having a bathmat is that you don't have to deal with the cold floor.

I'm just not a fan of stepping on a wet bathmat. Does anyone else find this to be a strange feeling? Being the second person to use the shower and then stepping in someone else's pool of water? Or just being in the bathroom and stepping on that wetness? That's something I'll never get used to. I'll live with the cold floor and pass on the wet rag.

As an aside, what's with the mat right near the toilet? Now that is throughly disgusting. Pee can be uncontrollable at times, and there is no knowing what happens early in the morning or during those late night trips to the bathroom.

Aside number two - during college, I lived in this house that had a carpeted bathroom. That was the most disgusting thing ever. College guys with carpeted bathroom, I'm not sure what the landlord was thinking.

So to sum up, there are two types of people, those who use bathmats and me.

Posted by tien mao in Culture at 7:32 AM



one vote for the bathmat from me. i like to dry my feet of on the mat, though i don't tend to share my bathroom, so the mat dries between uses. i agree with the disgust about wetness left behind by previous showerer.

what i don't get is the rubber shower bathmats. now that's scank...

as far as toilet manners, my boy dog has better aim then most guys.

Posted by: stam at June 30, 2004 8:15 AM

Your pee is uncontrollable sometimes? Remind me never to walk barefoot in your bathroom.

Posted by: corie at June 30, 2004 10:40 AM

corie, it's not just me. i would say that pee for guys is oftentimes uncontrollable. i think it's kind of like the shrinkage episode of seinfeld in that it's a little known thing. first of all, pee from that level with force has splashing. and unlike women, guys don't tend to sit down to pee. sometimes, when the pee first starts, it can be all over the place. trust me. that's why urinals, as nasty as they are, are a beautiful invention.

Posted by: tien at June 30, 2004 10:48 AM

i dry in the shower, but i like having a bathmat because that way, when i get out of the shower, my feet stay clean and don't pick up dust (or in my case cat litter) from the floor. from there, i step into my slippers, or at least have gotten the last bit of dampness off my feet so that they are less likely to pick up dust (or litter) from the floor. i try to keep my bathroom clean, but the battle with the cat litter is useless.

Posted by: dahl at June 30, 2004 11:07 AM

Maybe you need some flow control training.

I do the same as Dahl. I hate stepping onto a bare floor. No matter how clean my bathroom floor is, there's still dust that sticks to my wet feet. Ick.

Posted by: corie at June 30, 2004 11:30 AM

yes, the moist feet picking up dust is a problem, but since i walk around barefoot in the apartment anyway, that's going to happen bathmat or not.

Posted by: tien at June 30, 2004 11:32 AM

I do the same as Dahl and Corie. I have the kitty litter problem too.

Also, if you hang up the bath mat it's not wet the next time you take a shower

Posted by: victoria at June 30, 2004 11:56 AM

I'll have to back up Tien on this one - guy pee can definitely be uncontrollable from time to time. or maybe it's asian guy pee? i haven't exactly taken a survey.

Posted by: FlatGreg at June 30, 2004 1:41 PM

I'm used to bathmats. I usually towel off bit before coming out of the shower so it's not like the mat gets super soaked. Nothing that a few hours air drying won't fix. Even with 2 people.

As for the mat in front of the toilet, personally when my stream goes awry, it very rarely does so going backwards. Usually it's off to the side or away from my body so the mat isn't usually a victim. In the off chance that it does happen, I just cut the flow, readjust, and continue. And we choose that weekend to throw the mats into the washer. ;-p

Posted by: Ben at June 30, 2004 1:55 PM

finally, some people that understand the pee gone awry.

ben, you make a good point on the pee going behind you issue, but sometimes the bathmat runs right up to the toilet and in new york, when bathrooms aren't that big, it's got to be even more common. and there is always random pee drippage no matter where the mat is. and to think about cutting the flow is just painful.

Posted by: tien at June 30, 2004 2:01 PM

Bathmats are essential, especially in the winter when the floor is cold.

Posted by: Jen at June 30, 2004 3:52 PM

Finding the right kind of bathmat for a city bathroom is hard, though. I don't have enough room for an around the toilet AND next to the tub mat.

Posted by: corie at June 30, 2004 4:04 PM

Dude, ya gotta cut the flow. Work those muscles or else you'll be in diapers when you're 50.

Posted by: FlatGreg at June 30, 2004 6:02 PM

Controlling your pee is vital for a man if you have any plans of living with a woman at some point in your life. That is unless you're willing to wipe down the toilet and surrounding areas with Clorox wipes after every piss. Women are fastidious about bathroom cleanliness, in my experience. Clean enough for you is likely not clean enough for her. If you have that much of a problem, you might want to get used to sitting down to pee.

Posted by: joe at June 30, 2004 6:31 PM

it's not that i don't have urine control or the ability to pinch off, i just don't think it's healthy.

Posted by: tien at June 30, 2004 11:06 PM

my dog likes to lounge on my bathmat. guests, take heed.

Posted by: el at July 1, 2004 11:11 AM

I like to use the bath mat, but only to catch what ever residual water was left over after towling off in the shower...or in case I'm in a hurry, I don't bust my @$$!! jumping out too quick...as far as peeing goes...well

There's always the shower....

Just kidding...I don't mean to sound like a sissy or anything, but I actually sit down to pee, thanks to one of those comfort soft toilet seat covers. You just can't leave the lid because it actually pushes against the back of the toilet and falls down...and if you're not quick enough, or really sleepy...a nice small wave of urine slaps you in the knees. Unfortunately, I am not always coordinated enough to hold (and CONTROL) two things at once, especially one with self-adjusting pressure. So I sort of gradually worked into the sitting position.

Besides, it actually gives me more reading time...

Posted by: booger at October 6, 2005 5:48 PM

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